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Holwell Gorge - 22nd October 2016

By this time of the year, we can hope for some pleasant sunny weather - ideal for a ramble down a beautiful forested gorge, quite close to Launceston and North-west Tasmania.
After a car shuttle to save the return walk, we start at the upper end of Holwell Gorge, a little north-west of Holwell, and follow the gorge down and northwards at a leisurely pace, past three waterfalls, to the picnic area at the end. There will be plenty of time for a leisurely barbecue lunch (bring your own food), chatting and catching up with friends, and head home mid-afternoon, exploring more of the Tamar region if you like. Total walk distance is about 4 km - mostly downhill! While the track is not suitable for wheelchairs, strollers and bikes, it should present no difficulties for supervised young children.
Further information about Holwell Gorge (ignore the out-of-date closure warning) can be found at http://waterfallsoftasmania.com.au/waterfalls/holwell_gorge_falls

 

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Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone your walk leader, Andrew Madden, ph. 6399 3315  to book in. The departure time is 9:00 am from the Door of Hope Church car park, Launceston.
If you would like to arrange to meet the group elsewhere, please arrange with the leader, and please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of the listed time. The leader should always be notified of any other people you intend to bring along, and you should always contact the walk leader if intending to participate in a particular Boots N' All walk.

To access this area from northern Tasmania: From Launceston, follow the West Tamar Highway through Riverside and continue to Exeter (22 km). There is more than one way to Holwell from Exeter. The map appears to suggest that taking Winkleigh Rd. (not Frankford Hwy just 100 metres south) is the shortest option. Follow Winkleigh Rd. approx. 12 km and turn left at O'Reilly's Rd. About 3 km will bring you to Nettlefold's Rd. Turn right and go  a further 2.5 km to Holwell Rd. After about 500 metres, turn left into Kerrison's Rd. The top car park for the gorge is about 1.5km along. However, it is possible that the group will meet at the bottom carpark to organise the shuttle. In that case, don't turn into Kerrison's Rd. but continue north about 3 km past Holwell and turn left into the short track to the Holwell Gorge car park and picnic area.
Alternatively, if you don't mind a longer but fully sealed route, leave Exeter via Frankford Highway and continue west/southwest about 20 km to Frankford, then follow Holwell Rd. north. Holwell and Kerrison's Rd. will be reached after about 8 km.
A third alternative is to leave the West Tamar Highway via Flowery Gully Rd. just short of Beaconsfield, and after just under 2 km, turn right into Denman's Rd. Approx. 3 km will bring you to Holwell Rd. Turn left (south) and just under 5 km will bring you to the short track (right) to the Holwell Gorge car park and picnic area.

Warnings:
Please take note of the weather forecast on the day. Be aware of possible hazards such as insect bites and snakes.

Map details and references:
For Holwell Gorge, 1:100000 map is Tamar (Tasmap 8215) and 1:25000 map is Beaconsfield (TasMap 4843)
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 Short ref. n/a
Zone      Easting        Northing    Latitude      Longitude
55G                                        -41.16.543    146.46.022

Three are no peakbagger points associated with this walk. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger's Guide (2000 revision) which can be found and downloaded (as an Excel spreadsheet) from http://tastracks.webs.com/peakbaggers.htm  The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.
GPX version of the track: Click here to download. Google Earth version of the track: Click here to download.
Right-click on the file and “save target as” to a location of your choice. (Suggest you click the “Last modified” at top to sort by date to get the most recent at top to find the file for the next walk).

When you have downloaded the track file, double-clicking on the Google Earth (kml) track should open Google Earth and zoom in to the location if you have Google Earth installed on your computer. The .gpx version of the track should import into mapping software or devices that support gpx tracks and waypoints.